The paper examines ways in which increased attention to renewable energy and gender linkages can help promote development, as well as work towards meeting the target set out in the millennium development goals. It argues that poor women in rural areas generally rely on burning traditional biomass fuels which impact negatively on their well being. The paper explains that increased access to renewable energy sources can contribute to the achievement of the millennium development goals relating to eradication of extreme poverty, hunger, improvement in health, education and environmental sustainability as well as empowerment of women.
Key words: Gender, renewable, energy, rural, Nigeria, millennium, goals.
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